the S&W M&P15-22 Rifle (Standard)


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Skillet
December 31, 2009, 05:58 PM
I have read about this rifle and I have always wanted some fun ar-15 based .22. everything is functional, and it seems to be a pretty good rifle at a good price. Is there anything better out there in the same price range? And what would be a good optic for this rifle?
thanks!

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arizona98tj
January 1, 2010, 02:02 AM
I picked one up a couple of months ago and have enjoyed it very much. Based on what I've read, it seems to be a popular model for a dedicated AR type 22LR in that price range.

I like the form and function......just like using an AR-15. Practice time on the 15-22 transfers nicely to the AR-15.

As for an optic....anything you would mount on a regular .22 rifle should work just fine. You can to with an AR style scope or one that is more traditional. Red dots and reflex sights seem to be popular too. Since the recoil is nil, folks seem to be able to get away with the cheaper knock off sights.

I've ran about 9 or 10 different brands of ammo through mine, including some pricey match stuff. I've not found anything that it really likes. It appears to be about a 4 MOA rifle. My 30+ year old stock Ruger 10/22 with a scope will hole groups about half the size of the 15-22. Still, it is a fun plinker and would be just fine for squirrels, crows, rabbits, etc.

My thoughts about mine can be found in my M&P 15-22 review (http://www.stu-offroad.com/firearms/mp15-22/mp15-22-1.htm).

Wirenut1212
January 2, 2010, 12:20 AM
Wow that is a nice review I have been researching these, and the accuracy bugs me a bit. Have you seen any of the tactical 22lf's that are more accurate??

Lloyd Smale
January 2, 2010, 09:32 AM
mine shoots blazers into an inch at 50 yards so i would guess you might have just got a bad shooting one.

rangerruck
January 2, 2010, 03:19 PM
I have handled and shot many- the worst is the colt, the keltec is surprisingly good, and the best is the sig. It is amazingly well put together, well thought out, has grear rails up front, uses a mag that is interchangeable with many other 22 type ar's(except for colt and smith, of course!), comes with a folding stock that is solidsteel type rock solid, and you can fire it with the folder closed.
There is a place near Dallas called AJC sportshop, or pawnshop, that was selling these 2 weeks ago for.... 399!!!! That's right, below dealer cost- we think he didn't know what the heck he was doing. Call them and get one, becuase their normal retail is well over 500 to 550.
And it is the best. Period. The Ruger you ask? Same prob with their regular rifles; they look great, accuracy is half !@#$s depending on your rifle you get, and the cost is too high.

any of the small red dots work very well; bsa, tasco, bushy, and trijicon, and truglo.
but I will add this; get a green dot laser, they are amazing, especially in low light conditions, and
the beam is easy to see, which makes it easier to control the muzzle, in my opinion.

gadgetguy1288
January 2, 2010, 04:21 PM
I paid $500 OTD for mine and its been the best .22 Ive ever had. Its as or more accurate than my Marlin 60. and the fun factor is certainly not something to be ignored. Im in the process of ordering more magazines, because you just can't get by with one :D The magazines can get a little picky though if you don't load then right. The rounds have to be almost staggered in the magazine. Mine has eaten anything and everything I've put through it and I've only had about 5-6 FTF's(failure to fire) in about 1000 rds, half of which went off when put through a second time, the other half i have no issue with as it is after all a rimfire and i attribute them to ammo. And not one cleaning yet.

As for optics. I went with a cheap bushnell 3-9 on it first but switched to an NCStar Red dot/ laser that I picked up used for $40. you can find em online for about $60-$70, and its perfect for the gun and hasnt given me any issues. and I even put it on my Bushy for one outing, and it held up like a champ.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/nc-star-1x40-tactical-red-dot-sight-dlb140.html

OhioChief
January 2, 2010, 07:02 PM
Hey Ranger, why don't you like the Colt? I have one and love it. about a thousand rounds through it so far, and find it accurate, never a problem, a blast to shoot. I also have a Remmington VTR which is really fun too, but much harder to clean. Anyway, just wondered about your thoughts on the Colt. The mag is the best on on the market in my opinion. Loads very easy, feeds great, and it's a great training gun before someone steps up to an AR.

arizona98tj
January 2, 2010, 07:31 PM
Wow that is a nice review I have been researching these, and the accuracy bugs me a bit. Have you seen any of the tactical 22lf's that are more accurate??

Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the review. I just added another page to it yesterday evening, IIRC. (getting too old) :D

I've not tried any of the other offerings so can't offer any input on them.

arizona98tj
January 2, 2010, 07:40 PM
mine shoots blazers into an inch at 50 yards so i would guess you might have just got a bad shooting one.

Lloyd,

I bumped into a user on another forum that mentioned the same thing about his liking Blazers. When I did my accuracy testing on the 15-22, I couldn't find a :cuss: box of those things anywhere in my area. I need to put that on my "find some" list and give it a try. I can milk a sub-MOA group out of my AR-15 so I'm pretty sure it's not my shooting....at least not on the days when I'm not too heavily caffeinated. :D

I've not ran across too many folks that have a 15-22 that shoots 1" or better at 50 yards. I believe you are the 2nd one I've seen comments from in a 15-22 thread. Glad to hear yours is working for you. I removed my barrel yesterday, cleaned things up very well, and put it all back together. Maybe my next range trip will yield better results. (keeping fingers crossed)

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